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Mommywood [NOOK Book]

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If you thought Tinseltown was tough...

Tori Spelling might have grown up with everything a girl could wish for, but these days she's just another suburban working mom...whose toddler regularly recognizes her in the pages of Us Weekly. Welcome to Mommywood, where the stars are two feet tall and your neighbors know who you are before you ...
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Overview


If you thought Tinseltown was tough...

Tori Spelling might have grown up with everything a girl could wish for, but these days she's just another suburban working mom...whose toddler regularly recognizes her in the pages of Us Weekly. Welcome to Mommywood, where the stars are two feet tall and your neighbors know who you are before you move in.

Like most parents, Tori wants her children to have the one thing she didn't have as a kid -- a normal family. On their hit Oxygen reality show, Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, the starlet and her husband Dean McDermott regularly wrestle dirty diapers, host the neighborhood block party, and tackle temper tantrums on the red carpet. But when the cameras aren't rolling, Tori's still having awkward run-ins with a former 90210 costar at a laser tag birthday party, scooping rogue poo out of the kiddie pool on a resort vacation, and racing to win back her pre-baby body before the media starts calling her fat. For all her suburban fantasies, Tori Spelling is no June Cleaver.

With the same down-to-earth wit that made her entertaining memoir sTORI telling a #1 New York Times bestseller, Tori tells the hilarious and humbling stories of life as a mom in the limelight. From learning to be the kind of parent her own mother never was to revealing what it's like to raise a family while everyone is watching, Mommywood is an irresistible snapshot of celebrity parenthood that you won't get from the paparazzi.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
From the opening ultrasound scene, in which Spelling frets that her unborn son's nose is too big, through her two bouts coping with baby weight and numerous shopping sprees, the memoir focuses heavily on appearances. What rescues the book from complete narcissism are Spelling's sense of humor—which is truly fun and alive to irony—and her obvious love for her small children. Listeners will respond to her desire to create a “real” life for them, even as they raise eyebrows at her decision to have their childhoods broadcast on reality television. Spelling narrates with a chatty Valley Girl style and loads of inflection and drama—whether or not the circumstances warrant it. (A scene about showing up with the wrong Halloween costume at a party is delivered with the same agitation as one in which her baby loses consciousness from a seizure.) A Simon Spotlight Entertainment hardcover. (May)
Library Journal
The somewhat disjointed anecdotes that actress (Beverly Hills 90210), reality star (Tori & Dean), and No. 1 New York Times best-selling author (sTORI Telling) Spelling shares in this self-read memoir come across as whiny, only mildly amusing, and ultimately flat. Her contempt for her mother, Candy, is rampant, as are her trying reminders of how normal her life is. Despite these shortcomings, however, the production quality is excellent, and Mommywood is likely to have wide appeal given the success of Spelling's previous aforementioned memoir and her Oxygen Network reality show, currently in its fourth season. [Audio clip and video interview with the author available through audio.simonandschuster.com; the Simon Spotlight Entertainment hc, published in April, was a New York Times best seller and an LJ Best Seller.—Ed.]—Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439121450
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 228,214
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Tori Spelling
Tori Spelling starred in and executive produced the Oxygen hit reality television series Tori & Dean: Inn Love and Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. She recently hosted TLC’s Craft Wars and appeared in the ABC Family original musical The Mistle-Tones. The creator of the online lifestyle magazine ediTORIal at her website torispelling.com, she is also a #1 New York Times bestselling author of three memoirs; a party planning book, celebraTORI; and a children’s book, Presenting…Tallulah. She and her husband, actor Dean McDermott, live in Los Angeles with their four young children, Liam, Stella, Hattie, and Finn.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    Good Book.

    I loved the first one, and the second one is just as good!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2009

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    Tori Spelling is a GREAT mother!!!!

    Tori is being the best mother she knows how and if that means keepeing her mother out of the equation, then she should go for it. I understand where Tori is coming from. We all, on some level, want to love our mothers and (for the people whose mothers aren't in the picture) want them to be in our lives, but you have to look at the big picture. Does anyone critisize you on your parenting or on your relationships? The only difference between Tori and everyone else in the world is that her world, her life is more public than ours. We all have tiffs with someone around us.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2009

    Toris 2nd book

    The first book was good, the 2nd is a repeat of 1st. Tori, one book was plenty. This bored me.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    Big disappointment

    I loved Stori Telling, but in comparison Mommywood is a big disappointment. The stories felt repetitive and poorly organized, and weren't as well written as in the previous book. The editors really dropped the ball on this one.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Fast Read

    I really enjoyed the book, but I think her first one was a little more juicy. This was a fast read and you can tell she has matured and tried to tell things in a way not to hurt someone's feelings. I don't know if I would want to buy as I got it from the library and read it in one day.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    Tori kills me

    I picked up Tori's first book for a little light reading in between fictional novels. I read it in 2 days. It is so light, comical and real. Some of her stories had me in stitches and she the way she wrote made me feel like she was just one of my friends recapping some events in her life. This was a great read if you are looking to laugh. She seems like a great mom, wife and friend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2009

    love it!!!

    I love tori and her first book was great!!! this book is even better. I would buy any book she writes b/c they are so honest!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    tori's tell all books for all to see, is great.

    I love Tori's books, they are honest and sincere. She lets herself be human like the rest of us and that is great. In this book, she lets people know it is not an easy job juggling stardum and being a mommy at the same time but she is handling it like a real trooper. It is a shame that her mom will never have a relationship with her or her grandchildren. I can relate very well to that. She learned to let things that can't change go and so have i. Tori's book is wonderful and i will get any book she writes in the future.

    Donna Russomanno
    clemens2280@comcast.net

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

    Love it!

    I really enjoy her books they are light hearted and true to her personality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Loved!

    Funny and down to earth!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Loved it

    Great read

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Good

    Good

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    Reflection of good values and just plain good people!

    I have to say not having a family of my own (children + husband) this did not shy me away from Tori's new book, why? Because I too have some Mom issues, I too have my own confidence issues and irrational fears and anxieties. Tori is relate-able and reading the book is like a good long conversation with my best friend about all my concerns in life. It makes me want to sit down and write her a big long letter and say hey, you're not alone girl! I'm here, we're in the same boat. Tori is doing an amazing job, busting her ass and making her dreams come true and holding it together for her children and husband. Such a great team and circle of support she has around her. So inspiring! Thanks, Tori! I'm still reading...what's next? :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2011

    Forgetfull Fluff

    Mindless fluff. I found her autobiography somewhat interesting, but there was enough to talk about as she reflected on much of her past. I found that this book, although her last felt the same way, was disorganized. You never know where she is going to go next with the next chapter or even the next sentence. A lot of what she talks about seems pointless. It was like she just wanted to write another book. I often found myself thinking "Why would I care?" If you feel you must read it I have two words for you: Rent It! I regret wasting my money.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

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    Entertaining

    Once again Tori talks about her life in a funny and page turning way. Even though she is living in "Mommywood" She shows us that she really is just like the rest of us living in "Regularwood". (ok, you know what I mean).

    If you liked her first book you'll love this one!

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

    If You watch the Show.....

    I read her first book, so I was interested in this one. This book made me laugh. I was not so frustrated as I was in the first book of hers. If you enjoy her show, then you would enjoy learning more about some of the other experiences they don't show!

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

    Cute but..

    Cute read but Tori is desperately insecure and there are moments where you want to tell her to just suck it up and deal. I'd get this book in the library instead of purchasing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2010

    Very cute

    I think I'm qualified to write a truly unbiased review as I am a straight single male that has never seen either of her shows (but did read her previous book and her mom's.) While she doesn't really get the word "normal," Tori seems a very real person. She tries very hard with everything she does (as her mother did not) and I think that is a saving grace of hers. She still is rather spoiled, but she tried to fit in as well as she could in her new neighborhood, reality show and all. I do agree with one person she met on the street; the dressing her pug up in a 2-piece bathing suit is WAY over the top. Some readers have said this is not as good as the first book. I agree, but only a bit. No, there were no real scandals with her and her mom (except that the spoiled, rich, control-freak refused to have anything to do with Tori after the first book came out.) But it is nice to see she can share her heart on the page with little reservations. This is worth the read especially if you haven't seen the show. Oh, and she looks darling in her bee outfit.

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

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    Another Fantastic Read!

    Tori Spelling is funny honest and can really right a story.Just like her first book there was a lot of funny moments and even though I'm not a parent myself I still enjoyed reading about her with her kids and her parenting advise.Her story is so interesting that its hard to put the book down.I'm looking forward to reading her third book.This was a great read and I recommend it.

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

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    Good Mommy book!

    I love Tori Spelling. I think she funny, loving, careing and so sweet. I think her relationship with Dean reminds me of mine so it's like watching or reading about my husband and I. This book really opens your eyes as to how she is as a mother. And the hollywood part of things too. She talks about how she tries so hard to balance everything. If your a true fan then you'll love this book. Also if your just interested on how hollywood moms do it then read this book. This book really does come from her words. I just loved it. I have read stori telling and reading her newset book now!

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